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Buhari Orders Customs To Distribute Seized Rice, Other Items To IDPs

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President Muhammudu Buhari, on Sunday, directed the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to transfer relief items in their warehouses to designated officials to be shared to Persons displaced by Boko Haram terrorists.

The NCS spokesman, Wale Adeniyi, who disclosed this to newsmen in Abuja said that the Comptroller- General has set up a national committee that would coordinate and manage the movement and transfer of the items.

He said, “It is important to stress that these items are only those that have been condemned properly in the competent court of law and have been forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

“They include food items like rice, vegetable oil, spaghetti and essentials like soap, used clothing materials, mosquito nets, beddings and others.”

He said the distribution of relief items to the IDPs would slightly be different from the previous ones the NCS had done.

“This time around, our targets are not the IDPs camps; our targets are the IDPs themselves who are in these camps.

“We expect that the exercise will take a period of about eight weeks and the trip will start very soon. The exercise is going to be slightly different from what we have been doing before because we want these things to end up directly with the end users.

“We are going to be working with state governments, community leaders and other relief agencies to ensure that these items get to the IDPs in a secure and transparent manner,” Adeniyi assured.